Women's History Month Programming

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Southern New Hampshire University. This year’s theme is “Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams.” The following events are open to the campus community and to the general public.  Please note that some events require preregistration. 

Dustin Knight: “The Kimono Series”
Artist Reception Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Exhibit: Feb. 25 through March 30
Robert Frost Hall – McIninch Art Gallery
Begun last year as an expression of the artist’s grief over her mother's death, Dustan Knight’s works weave together Far Eastern particularities of design, color, space, detail and hues with more familiar Western expressionism. Several kimonos will be displayed beside the paintings.

“Women in Technology”
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Dr. Stephanie Collins will discuss the contributions women have made and are making in technological fields, primarily computer science.

"Helping Neigbhors Build Communities" with Beverly Smith ‘00
Wednesday, March 1, 5 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Beverly Smith, an SNHU trustee,  is the national program director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporations’ Youth Development and Recreation Program. She joined LISC in December 2000 to manage the NFL Grassroots Program, a partnership between LISC and the National Football League. The partnership provides financing and technical assistance to neighborhood-based organizations to improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local football fields.

“Women in Politics and Society” with Dr. Ann Atkinson
Thursday, March 2, 12:30 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Dr. Ann J. Atkinson will discuss the roles that Lou Hoover, Frances Perkins and Margaret Chase Smith played in both politics and society. In addition to her work as first lady, Hoover was a leader of the Girl Scouts of America.  As secretary of Labor, Perkins spoke on behalf of the Committee on Economic Security.  As a U.S. senator, Chase Smith declared her conscience to the world. Atkinson presents the accomplishments of these leaders and argues that place is powerful. For each of these women, place created passion, informed points of view and helped with the development of lines of argument. For those of us who study and mine their accomplishments, we witness a shift in our understanding of the place we call the past.

Film Series - NHFX Shorts
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
NHFX brings a variety of shorts to SNHU. Short films include animation, documentary, creative experimentals and short narratives.

Author Donna Ciocca – Reading and Book Signing
Monday, March 6, 4:30 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall -- Walker Auditorium
Adjunct professor Donna Ciocca’s second book, “Tavern Tales,” is a semi-autobiographical work of fiction. The writer weaves the story of her high school years spent living in a small Southern tavern with her grandmother. A patchwork of ads, anecdotes, newspaper clippings, obituaries, town history, character sketches and confessions, are stitched together with warmth, compassion, and humor. The book, published by Oak Manor Publishing, is aimed at upper middle school, high school and adult readers.  Milk and cookies will be served.

“Immigrant Women: Rebuilding a Community”
Tuesday, March 7, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Belknap Hall -- Room 130-131

Several Manchester-area women immigrants will discuss their difficulties and successes in establishing a new community in the U.S. Panelist come from China, Japan, Colombia and Northern Ireland. A Q&A session will follow.

“Women in Science and Math Education”
Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Dr. Susan Rumann and Cathy Stavenger, from SNHU’s School of Education, will examine the roles women have historically played in math and science (marginalized, not minimalized).
“Be it Resolved that the United States is Not Ready to Have a Woman President”
SNHU Debate Club
Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Refreshments to follow.
“Gender Differences and Leadership Development”
Thursday, March 9, 12:30 p.m.
Webster Hall -- Mara Lecture Hall
A recent Catalyst survey of women and business found that women hold approximately 50 percent of America’s managerial and professional jobs but only 15 percent of senior-level positions.  Why is there such a disparity between those women in the upper echelons and women in the lower and middle levels? Why are women not making it into the corporate offices? 

This panel features accomplished women - Cheryl Abbott, vice president for Community Affairs, Manchester Monarchs Hockey; Denise Miano, president and CEO, NEPS Inc.; Janet Raymond, senior vice president, Ocean National Bank; and Tracey Sherman, Human Resources manager, CR Bard Inc. -- who will address these pertinent questions and share their experiences in business as well as how their organizations support their growth and development.  Dr. Susan Schragle-Law, a professor in the School of Business, will serve as moderator.

“Women in Agriculture” Fundraiser Kickoff
Thursday, March 9, 1 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall -- Walker Auditorium

The Association for Cultural Exchange will show a short video about Heifer International's projects that impact the lives of women in agriculture. This presentation will launch a fundraiser to help women develop sustainable agricultural patterns with gifts of farm animals.

Film Series – “Amelie” (2001)
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Amelie is a shy young woman who has a love of life’s small pleasures. While she takes joy in the slightest things in life she is still looking for love as well as the course her life should take. Her slightly dysfunctional family has fostered her tentative interaction with her neighbors as well as the customers of the Parisian restaurant where she waitresses. When she successfully tracks down the owner of a box of boyhood treasures that she found in her house, she begins to believe she might have the power to influence more of the people around her. This fairy-tale style film follows the heroine until she finds love and her place in life even though everyone around her has always underestimated her. In French with English subtitles.

Artist’s Talk: Dustan Knight
Friday, March 10, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
Artist Dustan Knight, whose work is on display in the university’s McIninch Art Gallery this month, will discuss her art and its themes. 

"Women as Builders of Communities: The Case of the Haitian Women's Association in Boston"
Carline Desire, Executive Director of the Haitian Women's Association
Friday, March 10, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Webster Hall -- Mara Lecture Hall
Carline Desire, executive director of the Haitian Women's Association, will be featured as the School of CED's Colloquium speaker.

Women in Music, Event One, “Women’s Brazilian Trio”
Deborah Rocha and Entre Amigas
Friday, March 10, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Student Center – Last Chapter Pub
Performing samba, baiao and bossa nova, this trio’s enticing Latin sounds weave a spell over audiences, who can’t keep from moving, clapping and swaying to the infectious rhythms. Refreshments will be served.

“Women as Management Innovators: A Historical Perspective”
Tuesday, March 14, 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Webster Hall – Room 106
School of Business Profs. Karin Caruso and Jeannemarie Thorpe will discuss women in management.

“Sister Societies: Women’s Antislavery Organizations in Antebellum America” with Dr. Beth Salerno, Saint Anselm College
Tuesday, March 14, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Hospitality Center, Salons A-B
Dr. Beth Salerno will give a short presentation on women's antislavery organizations in the 19th century. There will be time set aside at the end for audience questions.

“Women and the Environment” with Dr. Mishkat Al Moumin
Wednesday, March 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Webster Hall – Room 111
Dr. Mishkat Al Moumin will speak in Dr. Catherine Rielly's Gender Issues in CED class. As former minister of the Environment for Iraq during the interim government, Moumin designed Iraq's first environment ministry structure. Prior to joining the government, she served as the women's issues director for the Free Iraq Foundation, where she successfully advocated for women to hold 25 percent of the seats in the new Iraqi Parliament. Moumin holds a M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in public international law from the University of Baghdad and is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she is working on a master's degree in public policy with a focus on women, development and human rights.

Women in Music, Event Two, “Indiegrrl Showcase I Lunchtime Concert”
Thursday, March 16, noon to 2 p.m.
Student Center -- Last Chapter Pub
The concert will feature singer-songwriter-guitar player, former steel drummer and a social justice activist Patti DeRosa, djembe drum-playing, progressive folksinger Tara Greenblatt and contemporary singer-songwriter Jane Fallon.

 “Gender in Politics and Human Rights” with Journalist Beena Sarwar
Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m.
Auditorium, Institute of Politics, St. Anselm College
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University are pleased to collaborate with the St. Anselm College International Relations Center in hosting journalist Beena Sarwar. Sarwar is a Neiman Fellow at Harvard and a Pakistani journalist who has extensive experience lecturing on gender and politics.  Advance registration is not required.  Contact Lilly Wahl-Tuco at the World Affairs Council (ext. 7970 on campus) or council@wacnh.org for additional information.

Psychology and Education Issues Conference – “Youth Sports: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Friday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky
Robert Frost Hall – Walker Auditorium
This conference will provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection on current research, theory and practice in the fields of sport psychology, education and sport management with the application to youth sports. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; pre-registration and payment is required. Call 668-2211, ext. 2207.

Formal Dress Collection
Monday, March 27, to Friday, March 31
Drop-off locations: Student Center lobby, Webster Hall lobby, Washington Hall lobby, the New Castle RD office, the Lower Suites RA office and the office of the townhouses (Cranmore 9)
Help a young girl in need feel like a princess by donating your special occasion dress to the Cinderella Project of New Hampshire. The Cinderella Project provides free prom gowns and accessories to girls who are in financial distress and would otherwise be prevented from attending their proms or other special events. Sponsored by the Center for Service and Citizenship and the Women’s History Month Committee.

Women’s Business Attire Collection
Monday, March 27, to Friday, March 31
Drop-off locations: Info Booth in the Student Center, Webster Hall lobby and the Center for Service and Citizenship in the Student Center
Donate your used business clothing to an aspiring business woman in need who may be just starting out in the business world. Sponsored by the Center for Service and Citizenship and the Women’s History Month Committee.

Service Opportunity, YWCA “Women’s History Month ‘Jeopardy!’”
Monday, March 27
YWCA, Concord Street, Manchester
Volunteers are needed. Please contact Sarah Jacobs, director of the university’s Center for Service and Citizenship, at ext. 2127 or serve@snhu.edu.

“The Legend of St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins: Visualizations of a Medieval Tale of Martyrdom” with Deborah Varat, Assistant Professor of Art History
Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m.
Webster Hall – Mara Lecture Hall
This presentation will explore a fascinating legend from medieval Europe of a courageous young Christian woman who escapes an unwanted marriage with the help of 11,000 of her closest friends.  Paintings of this popular subject by Carpaccio and Memling reveal both the fetishization of female suffering in the medieval Christian tradition and the great importance of female religious figures in an otherwise male-dominated world.

“How is a Book Feminine? Gendering the Reading Experience in 19th-Century England,” with Dr. Katherine Harris, San Jose State University
Tuesday, March 28, 11 a.m.
Robert Frost Hall -- Walker Auditorium

Katherine D. Harris is an assistant professor at San Jose State University. She has created an online resource for the study of literary annuals, The Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive, and coedited The Poetess Tradition, an online resource focusing on both British and American 19th-century women authors.

“The Ethical Challenges Facing Women in Positions of Power and Leadership” with Dr. Annabel Beerel, School of Liberal Arts
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
Hospitality Center, Salons A-B
This session will focus on the types of challenges that women in leadership positions in organizations face. We will discuss how women typically deal with power, leadership and authority and where their strengths and limitations lie. A case study will bring alive some of their ethical challenges.

“From Victims of Genocide to Victors of Dreams”
Panel on Genocide
Thursday, March 30, 5 p.m.
Hospitality Boardroom
SNHU Human Rights Association
Panelists will examine the realities of genocide through the discussion of personal experiences and discuss how they now are rebuilding their communities to fulfill their dreams. An interactive discussion will follow with an emphasis on how to educate others and what can be done at the local level to continue this conversation, which affects even our lives here in New Hampshire.

Women in Music, Event Three, “Indiegrrl Showcase II”
Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Student Center – Last Chapter Pub
With folk singer-songwriters Thea Hopkins and Susan Levine, folk/pop singer Kate Klim and invited guest Mary Lou Ferrante, a country blues singer/guitar player. Refreshments will be served.


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